NEW FOR OCTOBER
9/21/12 Editor/Captain Bruce Bingham reminds us that Structure C (PINELLAS BAYWAY, ST. MILE 114 is still "... coming down piece by piece and the construction of the new high bridge has begun. Once the fist double lane bridge is finished, it will be opened and demolition of the remainder of old Structure C will commence. All of the new bridge will be in operation in about two more years."
You may wish to note that on Chart 20, page 113 of your current FCD in print.
Latest Bridge Update from the Coast Guard says: "... Vessels passing through this area are requested to contact the on-scene tug on VHF-FM channels 13/16 for passing information."
... AND ...
"The contractor has advised the Coast Guard that starting September 17, 2012, there will be floating equipment near the main Gulf ICW channel. Vessels are requested to maintain minimum wake / slow speed through the construction area."
REPEATING IN OCTOBER:
ATLANTIC ICW – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – WEST PALM BEACH – LAKE AVENUE/ROBERT HARRIS BRIDGE: Special Bridge Regulations.
District Seven Bridge Branch office has been contacted by a Florida State Representative and the City of West Palm Beach with regard to vehicle traffic congestion concerns created by the removal of the East Ocean Avenue Bridge. Vehicle traffic has been detoured to the Lake Avenue/Robert Harris SR 802 Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1028.8, West Palm Beach, Florida; for this reason they have requested that this bridge be placed on a twice an hour schedule. This office has evaluated the situation and determined that starting on May 1, 2012 the draw of the Lake Avenue/Robert Harris (SR 802) will open on the quarter-hour and three-quarter-hour, 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week. Public vessels of the United States and tugs with tows must be passed at anytime. This temporary schedule is expected to continue until April, 2013.
Ref: LNM 16-12 Chart: 11467
REPEATING IN OCTOBER:
ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – PORT OF MIAMI RAILROAD BRIDGE: Bridge Repairs.
Due to extensive repairs to the Port of Miami Railroad Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Miami-Dade County, Florida, the bridge contractor, PCL Constructors Inc. are beginning repair operations on the Port of Miami's FEC railroad bridge. The bridge is allowed to be in the down position when the Security Zone is not enforced and the Miami Main Channel is open for normal traffic. On days when the bridge is in the down position there will be 15 minute openings at 11:45 am, 1:45 pm, and 3:45pm. (Bridge closings occurred in March.) Clearance gauges are also under repair and do not currently read properly. PCL will be monitoring Marine Channel 9. PCL POC - Adlai Jourdin (561) 253-6995.
If for any reason the Miami Main Channel Security Zone is in force during these dates, the bridge will not be allowed to remain closed.
This work is expected to be completed in January 2013.
Note that the bridge will be open, facilitating ICW passage, when there are two or more Cruise ships in port, thus closing the ship channel to detouring small craft.
WEST COAST-TAMPA BAY-HILLSBOROUGH BAY-ALAFIA RIVER: (UPDATE September 6, 2012).
Goodloe Marine, Inc. will continue dredging operations on the Alafia River. Operations will begin at N 27 50 49.9/ W 82 26 26.3 and progress to the east to the turning basin at Mosaic docks N 27 51 25/ W82 23 22.8 between Alafia River Buoy 2 (LLNR 23250) and Alafia River Daybeacon 16 (LLNR 23320). There will be numerous buoys, anchors, pipelines, barges and other equipment located within the channel and outside the channel limits. All equipment will be lighted and the hydraulic Dredge “TENACIOUS” will monitor VHF-FM channels 16 and 13. Operations will run 24 hours a day 7 days a week until approximately November 30, 2012. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area and pass the dredge and equipment at a slow speed and proceed with caution throughout the channel. Project point of contact is Mr. Ben Goodloe at 813-355-7494.
Ref: LNM: 15/12 Chart 11416